Nicolas Prost will return to the A1 Team France hot-seat for this weekend's World Cup of Motorsport double-header at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa.
The son of four-time F1 world champion Alain has been promoted from his role as designated rookie driver to take over from regular racer Loic Duval as the series swaps the streets of Durban for the former - and much revamped - road course in the heart of Gauteng province. Duval has driven the majority of races over the past two seasons, and finished second in race two in Durban last season.
“Nicolas is already completely at home in our team, and he's well prepared for this new challenge after a season as test driver with A1 Team France and a race a few months ago," sporting director Olivier Panis commented, "We've already found an efficient way of working together, and we have every confidence in each other. This way we won't waste any time and our objective remains the same - the rostrum!”
Prost made his full A1GP debut when the series visited China at the start of the 2008-09 campaign, qualifying strongly in sixth spot, but only having a best of eighth place from race one to show for his efforts. The 27-year old, who won the 2008 Euroseries 3000 Championship - ironically a title that will guarantee a race seat in GP2 from this season - takes over from Duval with France lying a competitive fourth overall in the standings, after a victory and three podium finishes.
“After a very positive outing in China, the team has decided to put its trust in me again, which I'm very happy about," Prost admitted, "It shows that it's satisfied with my work. This winter I've been training very hard and I'll tackle the weekend full of determination. My aim is to be on the pace right away and to be among the frontrunners throughout the weekend.”